Post-Punk pushers Soft Kill work through survivor’s guilt with their latest single, “Pretty Face”

Posted by Ramon Gonzales in News on October 14, 2020

The single is the second offering from the band’s forthcoming ‘Dead Kids, R.I.P. City’ LP, described as “post-punk John Steinbeck crossed with Robert Smith crossed with Gus Van Sant.”

Portland’s Soft Kill have released the seance track from the upcoming Dead Kids R.I.P. City LP, slated for a November 2020 release.

The track itself functions as audio therapy for the band, connecting with the real emotion of dealing with the loss of a friend in Zackary DeLong. The band’s Tobias Grave references “survivor’s guilt” in discussing the single and explains that the genesis of the song comes from recalling time spent with the departed during the first few days of 2012.

Grave goes onto explains more about the visual, “We shot this to be a lyric video but we worked in some scenes, starting in Washington and traveling into the far north section of Portland, stopping by the abandoned dog track at Portland Meadows and ending at the motel made famous by Drugstore Cowboy. The imagery will resonate with some, I’m sure. The song is one we’ve played live for two years and it’s got a big cult following without ever having a studio version circulating.”

The release follows the previous showing, “Roses All Around,” in a cohesive collection of music that manages to translate delicate melody into ominously dark arrangements. Soft Kill asserts an eerily beautiful sound that has an intoxicating quality and a timeless feel.

The 10-track presentation in Dead Kids R.I.P. City was produced by David Trumfio (Built To Spill, Wilco) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (The Cure, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana). The album is a stylishly stark stretch of narrative that utilizes their Pacific Northwest locale as the overcast backdrop for a set of tales of detail the landscape’s transition and it’s collateral damage.

Watch the video for “Pretty Face” from SOFT KILL below.